Japan’s Latest Beauty Trend May Have You Looking Sick

Admit it. We’ve all experienced our fair share of beauty and fashion trends that may have seemed attractive at the time, but looking back, you wonder what you were possibly thinking. For me, it was those odd leather belts with long fringes, colorful plaid shorts and teased hair that would probably make Snooki proud.

Japan is no stranger to quirky and bold fashion and beauty trends. For instance, their latest Harajuku make up trend has girls looking like adorable dolls … who seem to be running a high fever.

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This latest beauty trend is called “Me no shita chiiku” or “under eye blush.” The flushed feature creates a sickly appearance, which also consists of pale skin, puffy under eyes and a signature large doll or puppy dog eyes. However, the goal isn’t to look sick, but youthful, like the natural flush that appears after playing outside in the sun.

“Flushed cheeks are usually associated with young people.” RinRin Doll tells Yahoo Beauty. “The higher blush placement favored by Harajuku girls makes cheeks appear round and youthful.”

Japan is not the only country where youthfulness is ideal. In Korea, celebrities favor the illusion of under eye bags called “Aegyo Sal,” which gives the illusion that your eyes are constantly joyful and smiling.

These trends differ greatly from the current beauty trend in the United States where contouring and highlighting for slim, chiseled and smoldering features are in. What do you think about the youthful beauty trend? Do you prefer this over the contouring trend, which gives a more mature appearance?

 

All photos courtesy of RinRin Doll.

 

Less is More: “Normcore” Springtime Makeup Trend

 

Normcore has to be one of the most confusing trends I’ve ever encountered. For those who aren’t too familiar, the “normcore” trend was birthed in late 2014 as unisex fashion with pieces that are unpretentious in an attempt to look “normal.” Such pieces include over-sized dad pants, plain tees and Birkenstocks paired with tube socks. To me, it all sounds like an early 90’s throwback. But i-D best explains the confusion by pointing out, “the purposeful nonchalance regarding appearance made its way into fashion, and suddenly the unplanned became planned.”

Somewhere in the mix, this paradoxical trend inspired a new makeup look also called “Normcore.” Some Korean makeup artists drew inspiration from the Paris Fashion Week F/W 14, noticing that the models were sent down the catwalk with minimum makeup except for some color around the eyes. More recently, Marc Jacobs reinforced this trend even further in his S/S 15 collection. According to i-D, Marc Jacobs models “weren’t wearing any make-up. Not just that “no-make-up make-up” style. Really, no make-up.”

With Spring right around the corner, I’m excited to try out this trend even if the name is super misleading. Coming from 2014, where it was all about the graphic brows and the Kim K contouring, I’m ready to stop covering up and start shedding the extra layers of makeup. It’ll be refreshing and most importantly, it’ll give my skin some time to breathe.

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Normcore makeup is all about being soft and lightweight, but impactful. No heavy foundation, only key coverage, no heavy contouring and no sharp eyeliner. When it comes to the eyes, you want to showcase deep eye sockets and your brow bone. So for eyeshadows, be sure to stay with warm matte colors like gold and orange hues. For more on application, you can watch a couple tutorials below.

Although this video does not have subtitles, you can still get an understanding of normcore make up by watching this video. Feel free to skip ahead to 2:18 for the tutorial:

 

Here’s a bolder variation of the look:

 

All photos courtesy of Jung Saem Mool.

 

Fall 2014 Fashion Trend: You Don’t Have To Be Superman To Wear A Cape

 

During Fall and Winter, fashion is all about layers, luxe coats and cozy vibes. It’s the seasons that naturally allow for a richer, more luxurious way of dressing.

Each year, we see a new coat trend walk down the runway. Last year, it was all about over sized coats and bomber jackets, but this season’s hottest trend is something completely different: the cape. This fashion trend has had its moment before, but this fall the cape is back with a vengeance. It was seen on the runway with Valentino Ralph Lauren, Saint Lauren and The Row amongst others.

The cape has always been incredibly chic and this season it’s made even more glamorous as designers such as Daks and Ellie Saab have taken the cape to longer lengths, adding even more glamour. Others such as Ralph Lauren have added more volume at the back whilst keeping the front tailored. On the high street, we’ve seen a new twist with the blazer cape and a slimmer silhouette.

Paired with jeans, layered over a sweater, or draped over an evening dress, it instantly gives an updated look to any outfit.

It’s not just the designer collections that are embracing the cape. Models and fashion bloggers alike take the look straight off the runway and have made it their own from the high-street version, to the customizable cape-like Burbery Propsum poncho.

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–STORY BY STACY FAN

 

Spring 2015 Trend: All-Over Printed Jackets On The Runway & Streets

 

This is for all of you who are fans of unusual and funky prints.  Graphic design was a huge element to quite a few fashion designers’ collections during Seoul Fashion Week. From geometry to cartoon style illustrations, there seemed to be a unanimous love for printed jackets.  Some accompanied matching separates, while others stood out against subtle neutrals. Either way, each had an “it” factor quality.  These aren’t clothes meant to be hidden away in the back of a closet, but worn to be seen and perhaps even questioned by onlookers’ curiosities.

If you aren’t quite sure about wearing splashy patterns, but are wondering how to make it work, consider some of the more classic looking designs cut into timeless shapes rather than the contemporary boxy styles or dark on dark to light on light prints.  Multiple bright, primary colors always draw attention quickly, but below are some interesting and subtle versions.  With a busier jacket, you can always downplay the rest of your separates and accessories to let it stand out alone. Plus, it’s just as easy to take it off and let it hang loosely on your arm when on the go.

Below are some of our favorite picks from Seoul Fashion Week and even a few street style photographs of attendees already breaking in the spring 2015 trend.

 

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Kwak Hyun Joo S/S 2015 Collection

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How And What Seoul S/S 2015 Collection

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KYE S/S 2015 Collection

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PartspARTs S/S 2015 Collection

Now for the street style:

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Images By Michael Hurt

 

All Seoul Fashion Week Images Courtesy Of Michael Hurt, Seoulfashionreport.com

 

 

 

Fashion Trend Alert: Front Slit Skirts

 

Split skirts have been around for years, but recently, we’ve seen them make some major appearances in both street wear and on the red carpet. Split skirt comes in different lengths and slits, but what makes the front slit split outstanding is that it has a classiness to it, even with the same amount of thigh-baring.

It seems that the front split skirt trend has caught the attention of some of our most favorite Asian bloggers and can be seen in Asian street wear. The trend has even been picked up by Asian flight attendants (see below) looking to spice up their bland uniforms.

Go ahead and take a few minutes to look at different styles of front slit skirts and see how you can make the look truly yours:

 


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1. Yes, we all thought this was a dress, but they are actually two separate pieces. A monotone top and bottom, both with front gaps, recreates the original pieces to look like an entirely different outfit with edginess.

 


 

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2. Slits don’t need to be too deep. Just a good amount of bottom skin revealing with a cozy sweater is the perfect go-to outfit this fall.

 


 

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3. Make use of your denim shirt with a distressed split skirt to boast the ultimate modern woman look. You can easily create your own distressed pair without spending a lot of cash on buying one. Click here for the DIY tutorial.

 

 


 

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4. The beautifully layered line on this skirt, which opens up elegantly on the middle, is the answer to your date-night outfit. It’s the perfect mix of classy and sexy.

 


 

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5. Flight attendants taking their fashion onto another level with front slits. I know which airline I’m now taking when traveling to China.

 


 

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6. One slit is not enough. This long denim skirt layered with a white dress is no doubt the winner for the day.

 

 

 –STORY BY MICHELLE KIM
Cover photo courtesy of http://tiaalesewong.com/category/outfits/

 

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Korean Beauty: The Best, Most Wearable K-Makeup Trends To Try

 

Everything out of Korea seems to be hot these days, from K-pop to kimchi to K-dramas. Add to that list Korean makeup trends that are a fun way to switch up your look. Here, easy how-to’s to get the K-makeup look.

 

IL-JJA BROWS

Korean women are all about the dong-an (baby) face, and the quickest way to get this look is with the il-jja brow. Named after the number “1,” il-jja brows are straight across the bottom, without a pronounced arch, and with a shorter and fuller taper at the end. Contrast this with a “western style brow, which typically has a high arch with a skinny tail end,” says makeup artist Christina Choi. “The il-jja brow gives you a more youthful look.”

 

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The color is important, too. Use a brown powder one to two shades lighter than your natural brow color, like Christina Choi Cosmetics’ Chai Eyeshadow. (Korean vlogger Dayomi uses Smog from Urban Decay’s Naked palette for her brows.) “Using a firm angled liner brush, dip your brush into the shadow and start outlining the top part of your brow using feather-like strokes,” says Choi. “Avoid creating a high arch — keep the line straight. Next, fill in your brows and then outline the lower part of your brow.” If your natural arch is too high or you don’t want to look too cartoon-y, do a modified il-jja like Jun Ji-Hyun’s, which has a slight curve.

 

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WATER SHEEN COMPLEXION (MUL GWANG)

 

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Another Korean beauty requirement is mul gwang — that super-shiny, almost wet-looking complexion. But don’t go overboard and look, as one Korean woman put it, like you have Pond’s cold cream smeared all over your face. To get just the right balance, Korean vlogger Dayomi applies a mixture of liquid foundation and a dollop of Vaseline with a foundation brush, finished with a touch of mineral powder. For less over-the-top luster, replace Vaseline with a face balm or try a cushion compact — a BB cream in a liquid sponge compact — that’s currently all the rage in Korea. To prevent slippage, Choi recommends finishing with a light dusting of translucent loose powder, focusing on the outer perimeter of the face, then lightly dusting towards the center.

 

 

GRADATION LIPS

 

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The last step in a perfectly dong-an look is the “gradation” lip. Also called the gradient lip, it’s an ombré effect with the strongest color on the inner lips, gently fading to a soft, blurred effect at the lip line. It’s not as extreme as you see on runways — it’s a more subtle gradient effect that just makes the lips look airbrushed. To achieve the look, apply a matte-ish pink on the entire lip (don’t use a beige or nude, lest your lips look super thin) and then apply a hot pink gloss along the inner edge of the lips. Gently press lips together to blend the color out, almost to the edge of the lips, but not quite.

 

This story was originally published in Audrey‘s Fall 2014 issue — get it here.

Women Are Getting “Hand Lifts” For Engagement Ring Selfies

Surgery continues to be a rising trend among Asians. In fact, this phenomenon to alter one’s physical appearance has grown so much that South Korea, who has the world’s highest rate of cosmetic plastic surgery, has created a number of popular television programs focused on surgery. Ironically, Korea recently created a show which focuses on reversing the effects of excessive plastic surgery… with more plastic surgery.

As much as we think we’ve seen it all, we seem to constantly stumble upon new and shocking trends focused on altering one’s physical appearance. For instance, the new trend among bride-to-be’s: hand lifts.

Gone are the days when we would find out about our friends’ engagements through excited telephone calls or save-the-dates in the mail. Instead, we generally get this news through Facebook statuses and Instagram photos.

As you can expect, this has gotten some women quite insecure about the state of their hands while showing off their dazzling engagement ring. Hand-lifts have been becoming quite popular among bride-to-be’s.

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According to Elle, a NYC dermatologist Dr. Ariel Ostad said he’s had a 40% increase in women seeking hand-lifts. He directly correlates this to social media and the rise of selfies.

“As we age, the skin on the hands can lose fat, becoming more thin and bony with prominent veins and wrinkles,” Ostad tells Elle. “Social media has certainly led people to be more concerned about their appearance and how they present themselves, so if women can receive a quick procedure to make themselves feel better and younger, it’s something that they are willing to do.”

The quick procedure, which onlt takes about 10 minutes, is done by injecting Juvéderm into the hand. This will instantly smooth out the wrinkles and give a plumper, younger-looking appearance. The results last about 10 months, but your wallet will have to cough up $1,200. 

 

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18 of Asia’s Most Bizarre Products & Trends

Everyday, it seems as if we come across products, trends and even holidays from Asia that gets us quite confused. From fuzzy-hair stockings to an actual single awareness day, Asia never seems short of these bizarre creations. Check out our list of 18 of Asia’s Most Bizarre Products & Trends below. Weird or awesome? You be the judge.


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1) The “Liberation Wrapper”
“For years, Japanese culture has encouraged women to strive for “ochobo” which is described as small and modest mouths… [The liberation wrapper] is a large burger wrapper with the image of a women’s face. The wrapper is meant to hide women as they take a big bite of their burger and maintain the appearance of ochobo.” Read the full story here.


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2) Finger Trap Beauty Test
“The concept is simple: Touch the side of your index finger to both the tip of your nose and your chin. If your lips don’t touch your finger, congratulations! You’re pretty! If they do, well, er … there’s always Photoshop?” Read the full story here. 


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3) Surgical Masks
“Apparently, there are 5 main reasons for the popular mask trend: for health purposes, to avoid social awkwardness, for warmth, for the lazy and in the name of fashion.” Read the full story here. 


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4) Black Day: Korea’s Single Awareness Day 
“As you may have guessed, Black Day is practically the opposite of [Valentine’s Day and White Day]. This is a day is for those who did not receive gifts on Valentines Day or White Day. Yup, this unofficial holiday is for single people.” Read the full story here. 


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5) Double Eyelid Training Glasses
“The glasses are a non-surgical option to create the illusion of a double eyelid. The Eyelid Trainer is worn like any other pair of glasses. Apparently, 5 minutes a day with this contraption will give you the double eyelids you desire. ” Read full story here. 


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6) Tokyo Street Fashion 
“While many people find popular Japanese fashion styles such as Harajuku and Lolita confusing, New York-based photographer Thomas C. Card was intrigued by the street fashion that he spent months in Japan to document the various styles.” Read the full story here. 


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7) Edible iPhone Case
“The Survival Senbei Rice Cracker iPhone 5 Cover is handmade by “Mariko” using only brown rice and salt. For $64, you can have a phone cover that doubles as a tasty snack in case of an emergency.” Read the full story here. 


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8) Cosplay Graduation
“But the Kanazawa College of Art is not like other colleges. Graduates are apparently allowed to wear absolutely whatever they would like. So what happens when Japanese students have no dresscode for graduation? Some of the best cosplay ever.” Read the full story here.


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9) The Virtual Girlfriend
“Thousands of men and women of all ages have been captivated by this real life dating simulator which offers three girlfriends to choose from– Rinko, Nene and Manaka. All of the choices have different backstories and adjustable personalities.” Read the full story here. 


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10) The World’s Longest Kiss
“The world’s longest kiss lasted a whomping 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds. The record was set by Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat during an event organized by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in Thailand. The annual kissathon competition happens during, you guessed it, Valentine’s Day.” Read the full story here. 


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11) Snail Facials 
“Although some of us may see snails as pesky and slimy or even a delicious delicacy, Japan is definitely transforming the use of these creatures and women are paying a pretty big price for this treatment. One session costs approximately 10,500 Yen, which is about $107.” Read the full story here. 


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12) Sex Ed For 30-Year-Olds 
“The tutorials cost more than $400, but women have been lining up to learn and lessons are booked weeks in advance. Many of these students are 30- to 40-year-olds seeking to decrease the anxiety before their first sexual encounter.” Read the full story here. 


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13) The “True Love” Bra
“Makers are claiming that the bra is able to analyze how a woman truly feels and will only pop open when the user finds her true love. The lingerie company is marketing the bra as a safety device. Apparently, the bra will ward off unwanted sexual advances and will make sure that all people, except your true love, will not have access to your breasts.” Read the full story here.


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14) The Study Cube
“Last year, South Korea’s environmentally-friendly furniture manufacturer Emok unveiled the Study Cube, a wooden box just big enough to seat one person in front of a built-in desk. The box comes with a bookshelf, whiteboard, LED light, outlet and ventilation grill. There’s even a massage bar under the desk that also serves as a footrest.” Read the full story here.


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15) Strange Asian Hairdos
“Whether its creepy, funny, or just intriguing to look at, all of these hairstyles are undeniably strange. Although strange hairdos are certainly not something people are born with, a quick google search of “strange Asian hair” is enough to let us know that this is a pretty common search.” Read the full story here.


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16) Anti-Rape Stockings
“The most recent fashion creation from China are hairy-leg stockings designed to ward off men and decrease the possibility of rape. The theory behind this creation is that the male will be so disgusted with the appearance of your legs that you don’t have to worry– they wouldn’t want to have a sexual encounter with you anyway.” Read the full story here


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17) Plastic Surgery Television Shows
“The purpose of this show is to “help those with special circumstances or people who are too ugly to feel confident in their life.” The participant facing “special circumstances” will have their plastic surgery sponsored by the television program and audiences follow along during the transformation.” Read the full story here.


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18) New Elementary Desks 
“Wuhan City, China has introduced these bars into an elementary school’s first grade classroom. Each bar is drilled into the wooden tables of school children in an effort to preserve the eyesight of the students.” Read the full story here. 

Image of The Day: Japan Presents The Worst Underwear Idea EVER

Over the years, we’ve seen quite our share of interesting things arise from Japan. We’ve seen snail facialsJapanese commercials that don’t make sense, and even edible iphone cases.

We figured that by now we would expect the unexpected and not react when we heard about the new products and trends. Yet again, we were wrong. As much as we tried to understand this product we simply couldn’t figure out its appeal.

This product, I kid you not, is underwear which deliberately creates a camel toe. Now for those of you who don’t quite know what a camel toe is, Wikipedia defines is as  “a slang term that refers to the outline of a human female’s labia majora, as seen through tightly fitting clothes. Due to a combination of anatomical factors and the tightness of the fabric covering it, the crotch andmons pubis may take on a resemblance to the forefoot of a camel.”

Commonly, this is the sort of thing you avoid. In fact, there are a number of rather successful products which try to help women with this problem. Camelflage is a small insert in panties which guarantees that you will be camel toe-free.

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For whatever reason, this Japanese brand is embracing the camel toe and making sure it is part of our daily lives. Our verdict?

No, thank you.

*UPDATE: We were informed that this is speculated to be a gag costume for men. We’re crossing our fingers that it is indeed just a joke.

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Fall Trends Preview | Fall Hair Trends with Justin Surh

Justin Surh, one of L.A.’s most talented stylists, wields his scissors at Michaeljohn in Beverly Hills. With over 20 years experience, Justin has carved out a stellar career as a haircutting master. Training with both Vidal Sassoon and Toni&Guy in London, Justin has honed his flawless technique in some of the most prestigious salons in Los Angeles. He is highly sought after, renowned for his perfect cuts and beautiful coloring. Justin’s passion for hair delivers amazing results for his clientele. His hair color methodology complements his signature haircuts. Justin’s hair philosophy is about being “fresh and easy to maintain.” He has worked with celebrities, styled for the runway, editorials and numerous TV commercials. Justin talks to us about hot hair trends for fall! Click on to read more! 

 

 

 

 

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